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A Force of Good! EQUUS Foundation Announces 2018 Champion Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to Lucas Cappelletti, one of our outstanding volunteers, for receiving the Champions Program Scholarship sponsored by Ariat International, Inc. Your wonderful service to horses and our clients makes a huge difference!


Lucas Cappelletti with his two dogs, Rufus (left) and Belle (right). Belle was rescued from a Cambodian dog meat slaughterhouse in 2016 and was adopted by Lucas the first day she arrived at the rescue.

Lucas Cappelletti is a Junior at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where he serves as president of two clubs editor of two publications, and balances five Honors/Advanced Placement classes. Despite his busy schedule, he always makes time to go to Special Spirit on the weekends to work with the horses who he's grown to know and love.

"I was instantly connected to the horses and loved how they could bring joy both to my life and the children that they served," said Cappelletti. Cappelletti created a video to help raise awareness of the power of equine therapy at Special Spirit.

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"Never in my life did I expect to have the chance to have a hands-on experience with horses where I am given the opportunity to clean them, feed them, tack them, and just interact with them," continued Cappelletti.

Having been able to see the impact that these horses have on children's lives, learning each horses' special personality and reflecting on the sentience of animals led Lucas to the decision to adopt the vegan lifestyle. His belief also had a profound impact on his family. His two brothers and his parents also decided to adopt the vegan way of living. "I will forever be grateful for the experience of working with horses because it has had a heartfelt, ever-lasting impact on my life and my family's lives."